Don Bosco national forum
Established by Salesian Provincial Conference of South Asia
For reflection, sharing and coordination among those involved in the Salesian ministry for the Young at Risk in South Asia, to network with like minded persons and organizations on behalf of YAR, to influence policies related to the young at risk at the state, national and international levels.
Vision and principles for action
Inspired by Don Bosco and challenged by the marginalization of people, we will strive by our attitudes, way of life and actions, to empower the Young at Risk and to create a just and humane society by joining hands with socially responsible citizens and groups.
We shall go where the young are marginalized, accompany them in their journey to fullness, ensure their rights and empower them to be agents of personal and social transformation.
We reach out to
Street children, child laborers and school drop outs, abandoned orphans, young prisoners or children in conflict with the law, substance abusers, children in war torn areas and in conflict with law, refugee children, children in commercial sex trade or children affected by HIV/ AID. On a yearly average, YAR Forum through its partners serve over two lakhs of children/youth at risk across India.
YAR Services & Network
YAR network consists of over 65 Salesian centres for the Young at Risk. YAR Forum partners reach out to 90 cities and towns through shelter homes, children’s homes, youth hostels, street presences, childline services, Homelink Child Tracking System, child labour schools, vocational training, academic education programmes, child rights centres, documentation, research, advocacy programmes….and many more. The network partners reach out to two lakhs of children/youth at risk across India in an year.
Homelink Network System (HLK)
It is an Information Management System and a Network which contributes to speed, process, structure, knowledge and services for the care and protection of the young, especially the Young at Risk, in partnership with over 90 NGOs (Salesians and others) & Govt. Bodies. Homelink operates a national web based Missing Child Search programme and a Child Tracking System.
Juvenile Justice National Desk Network
A child rights advocacy network of over 200 NGOs for the implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act and other relevant child rights systems in the country. It is a community of practice where good practices can be shared and learned.
Caring Community Network
A network of Salesian YAR Centres with the aim to transform themselves into Society-supported / Community-based movements on behalf of the young at risk. Rather than working in isolation salesians network so that the civil society becomes a caring community that takes responsibility for the young at risk in their neighbourhood.
“…that they may have life….life in all its fullness.” (Jn. 10:10)